ARG vs BRA Dream11 Prediction: The iconic Maracana will witness yet another historic Copa America final as Argentina take on Brazil on Saturday. The pressure is mounting on the Lionel Messi-led Argentine camp, with the national team suffering a 28-year trophy drought in international football. A win this weekend may also help the footballing nation draw level with Uruguay as record champions of Copa America.
It is the Copa America final that everyone hoped for between hosts and reigning champions Brazil, and Lionel Messi-led Argentina. After several failed attempts over the past few years, including a couple of heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeats to Chile, Messi has another chance – perhaps his last – to win a major honour in national colours. The task ahead of them couldn’t be more difficult though – beating Brazil on their own turf. The Brazilians were favourites coming into the tournament and they have firmly lived up to that billing by going unbeaten throughout the group stage and not conceding a goal in the knockout rounds.
Date: 11 July, Sunday
Time: 5:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
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Argentina – W-W-W-W-W
Brazil – W-W-D-W-W
Head-to-head (last five meetings)
Argentina Wins- 02
Brazil Wins– 00
Injury Report and Unavailability: Argentina could be without Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero, who is down with an injury.
Expected changes and Strategy: Other than that there are no known issues, and manager Lionel Scaloni can call upon the likes of Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, Paris Saint-Germain’s Leandro Paredes and of course, Lionel Messi.
Rodrigo De Paul
Giovani Lo Celso
Injury Report and Unavailability: Brazil could be unable to call upon the services of Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, while Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is suspended.
Expected changes and Strategy: Roberto Firmino will be back in action in the first team with the absence of Gabriel Jesus. Renan Lodi may take the place of Alex Sandro.
Lionel Messi: Messi has 4 goals and a total of 9 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 42.58%. He had a total of 6 big chances. He has a total of 4 assists, 5 key passes and he created a total of 8 chances.
Neymar: Neymar has 2 goals and a total of 8 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 39.38%. He had a total of 6 big chances. He has a total of 3 assist, 4 key passes and he created a total of 8 chances.
X-factors, differential picks
Lucas Paqueta: Paqueta has 2 goal and a total of 5 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 32.14%. He had a total of 4 big chances. He has a total of 0 assist, 3 key passes and he created a total of 5 chances.
Defenders: Marquinhos, Otamendi, Silva, Tagliafico
Midfielders: Lo Celso, Casemiro, Paqueta
Attackers: Messi, Martinez, Neymar
In what may be the most difficult game of the tournament to predict, this could certainly go either way, and we would not be surprised to see it go to a penalty shootout. However, we narrowly give the edge to the host nation, who could capitalise on Argentina’s relative defensive weaknesses if Paqueta can continue his form alongside the likes of Neymar and Richarlison. In our ARG vs BRA Today Match Prediction odds, we back for a 2-1 win for Brazil in this match.